Amazon inspires anxiety just about everywhere, but its publishing arm is getting pushback from all sorts of booksellers, who are scorning the imprint’s most prominent title, Timothy Ferriss’s “The 4-Hour Chef.” That book is coming out just before Thanksgiving into a fragmented book-selling landscape that Amazon has done much to create but that eludes its control. Mr. Ferriss’s first book, “The 4-Hour Workweek,” sold nearly a half-million copies in its original print edition, according to Nielsen BookScan. A follow-up devoted to the body did nearly as well. Those books about finding success without trying too hard were a particular hit with young men, who identified with their quasi-scientific entrepreneurial spirit.
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So you’re in the market for a tablet, but what do you want? Do you want to browse the web? Do you want to check Facebook? Do you want to play some apps? Do you want to have all of your favorite books available at your fingertips? Do you want to restrain from spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars? I you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the kindle may be the tablet for you! But there are many different models of the Kindle available to choose from! How do you know which one is the right one for you? Let’s look at the differences between the models and decide which one is most suited towards your needs. I just want to read books!
Want your kids or other people to use your tablet without full access, in the same way you can restrict them on a Mac or PC? Amazon beats other tablets by being the first to offer this in the new Kindle Fires.
Parents are buying e-books for their children in growing numbers as experts say a new generation may become more used to reading from an iPad or Kindle screen than from a traditional book. Sales of children’s e-books nearly tripled over the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2011, figures from the Publishers Association (PA) showed yesterday. Richard Mollet, chief executive of the PA, said that 2.6 million children’s e-books were sold over the first half of this year, compared to 1 million the previous year.
The Hunger Games trilogy has topped the list for the best-selling series on Amazon.com, beating JK Rowling’s Harry Potter. “Since debuting in 2008, Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games have taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before,” Sara Nelson, the editorial director of books and Kindle at Amazon announced on Friday.
UK-based indie production house Kindle Entertainment has entered into a co-production deal with Enid Blyton estate owners Hachette UK to produce a TV series based on Blyton’s bestselling classic children’s book series The Famous Five. Under the agreement, Kindle will be pitching the TV series to broadcasters and distributors in the hopes of securing production funding.
In 1898, a man bought a book for his 16-year-old nephew. “Many happy retoins [sic]. Uncle Spud,” he wrote on a blank page at the front. The book: H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, then just out in America from Harper & Brothers. The ripping tale of a Martian attack that set the mold for them all, it’s almost more striking to a reader today for its turn-of-the-century detail: carriage-horse accidents, urgent telegrams, news only via newspapers. Toward the end of the novel, the narrator gets ahold of a first post-attack copy of the Daily Mail: “I learned nothing fresh except that already in one week the examination of the Martian mechanisms had yielded astonishing results. Among other things, the article assured me what…